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speck (n.)

Old English specca "small spot, stain," of unknown origin; probably related to Dutch speckel "speck, speckle," Middle Dutch spekelen "to sprinkle" (compare speckle (v.)). Meaning "tiny bit" developed c. 1400. As a verb, 1570s, from the noun. Related: Specked.

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Definitions of speck from WordNet
1
speck (n.)
a very small spot;
the plane was just a speck in the sky
Synonyms: pinpoint
speck (n.)
(nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything;
Synonyms: atom / molecule / particle / corpuscle / mote
speck (n.)
a slight but appreciable amount;
Synonyms: touch / hint / tinge / mite / pinch / jot / soupcon
2
speck (v.)
produce specks in or on;
speck the cloth
From wordnet.princeton.edu